'Britain’s oldest DJ’ Derek Serpell-Morris from Bristol, who went long-missing since July 2015, was found dead on Wednesday night. Only last week, local authorities discovered human remains in a forest near The Mall, Cribbs Causeway, Bristol, and were now able to confirm DJ Derek’s death based on DNA tests. The British legend died at age 73.
When Derek went missing in 2015, police confirmed that he had not used his bank account or his passport since the beginning of July. An application for presumed death had been settled by the family in March 2016. After confirming Serpell-Morris’ death, police stated that they were not treating his death as suspicious.
DJ Derek was a well known and respected record selector among the British music scene, and was famous for his eclectic reggae, ska, soul and blues DJ sets, which saw him playing at major music festivals such as Glastonbury or The Big Chill.
Just recently, BBC unarchived a documentary about DJ Derek’s life and work from 1994. You can watch it here.
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